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Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde

Author: A C Spearing
Publisher: London : Edward Arnold, 1976.
Series: Studies in English literature ; no. 59
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Spearing, A. C.
Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde.
London : Edward Arnold, 1976
(OCoLC)566110879
Named Person: Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer; Geoffrey Chaucer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A C Spearing
ISBN: 0713158530 9780713158533 0713158549 9780713158540
OCLC Number: 2913030
Notes: Includes index.
Performer(s): ISBN 0-7131-5854-9 Pbk : 1.25.
Description: 64 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: The object of this series is to provide studies of individual novels, plays and groups of poems and essays which are known to be widely read. The emphasis is on clarification and evaluation, biographical and historical facts. Troilus and Criseyde invites the reader to fall under the spell of Chaucer's mastery of fictional illusion. In this study, A. C. Spearing has set out to define for the modern reader the conventions and assumptions on which that illusion is based, and the ways in which Chaucer draws his audience into the creation and recognition of the fiction and its limits. From this point of view, Chaucer's poem is compared at various points with the modern novel. Mr Spearing considers the poem first as a translation in which the translator's role is itself partially fictionalized; and proceeds to discuss the deliberate discontinuities of style and structure which arise from the fact that the poem was written for listeners as well as readers. He considers Troilus and Criseyde in the context of medieval romance, with its social limits and its focus on the themes of love and war. The poem's treatment of love is considered in detail, in relation to religion, idealization, suffering, secrecy, honour, and fidelity and treachery. Discussion of the treatment of character and consciousness in romance leads into detailed study of the characterization of Troilus, Pandarus and Criseyde; and the consideration of Criseyde in turn leads into a study of Chaucer's distinctive feminism - his presentation of Criseyde as a woman alone and vulnerable in a man's world. Finally, this study moves to two aspects of Troilus and Criseyde which go beyond romance: its deliberate avoidance of the fantastic, and its development of a philosophical dimension. Here Mr Spearing argues that Chaucer aims not at a stable philosophical coherence but at a dynamic poetic coherence. Introductory. Chaucer as Translator. Poetry for Listeners : Style. Conversation. Definition and Formality. Structure. Romance. Aspects of Love : Love and religion. 'Courtly Love'. Idealization and Feudalization. Suffering and Death. Secrecy. Honour. Trouthe. Character : Troilus. Pandarus. Criseyde. Feminism. Beyond Romance : Realism. Philosophy.
Series Title: Studies in English literature ; no. 59
Responsibility: by A. C. Spearing.

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